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LWE 2Q Reports: Top 5 Breakout Acts

One of the great joys of going to your local record shop (or, er, scrolling through menus of WhatPeoplePlay) is the anticipation, nay, expectation of discovering something or someone you had never hear of before. As Innervisions boss Dixon says of their bright young hope, Culoe de Song, “Sometimes tracks appear from somewhere you would never expect.” So far, 2009 has been no different, with a host of fresh and (more often than not) astonishingly young talent breaking through. Narrowing it down was a tough job, but here are five artists that have sent our radar haywire in the last six months.

Dplay, Huub Sand

Running Back, managed by journalist, DJ, occasional producer and all-round good guy Gerd Janson, had a great 2008, cherrypicking three superb records by Mark E, Move D and Radio Slave. Quality over quantity seemed to be the year’s motto, but in 2009 the Frankfurt-based label has managed the trick of combining the two, with four fine releases in the first half of this year: The Melchior-esque “Forward Snipping” by Robert Dietz, the frankly ridiculous limited edition “The Voice From Planet Love” from Precious System, and a forthcoming disco smasher by Hamburg’s Tensnake all have their merits, but the real pick of the bunch has been Dplay’s “Huub Sand.”

Little White Earbuds April Charts

01. STL, “Silent State” [Smallville Records]
02. Ben Watt ft. Julia Biel, “Guinea Pig” (DJ Koze’s Vocal Variation remix) [Buzzin Fly Records]
03. John Daly, “This Is A Lonely Beat” [Drumpoet Community]
04. Boris Hotton, “Bon Voyage” [Troubled Kids Records]
05. Gruber & Nurnberg, “Traffic” (Agnès remix)
[Bloop Recordings]
06. Dplay, “Huub Sand” [Running Back]
07. Martyn, Great Lengths [3024]
08. Point G, “Headache” [Innervisions]
09. Ben Klock, One [Ostgut Tonträger]
10. Kode9, “Black Sun” [Hyperdub]